A 35-year-old member asked:
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how does skin infection and tonsilitis/pharyngitis lead to post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis?

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Dr. Brett Spain
16 years experience Sports Medicine
The Immune system: Fights the initial infection (skin or throat) by making antibodies to parts of the bacteria. After the infection is fought off, a combination of the antibodies and the bacterial components left over form a new complex that is toxic to the part of the kidney that filters them. Only certain strains of streptococcus will cause psgn.
Answered on Dec 13, 2016

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